|Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine - TED.com|
Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; TED Fellows; art; TED Fellows Retreat 2013; 2013
|Isabel Behncke: Evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans - TED.com|
With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing -- solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos' key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; science; 2011
|Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - TED.com|
When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; art; oceans; TED2014; 2014
|Ziyah Gafić: Everyday objects, tragic histories - TED.com|
Ziyah Gafić photographs everyday objects—watches, shoes, glasses. But these images are deceptively simple; the items in them were exhumed from the mass graves of the Bosnian War. Gafić, a TED Fellow and Sarajevo native, has photographed every item from these graves in order to create a living archive of the identities of those lost.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; photography; war; TED2014; 2014
|Sean Gourley on the mathematics of war - TED.com|
By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; math; physics; war; 2009
|Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption - TED.com|
Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Asia; TED Fellows; crime; entrepreneur; potential; poverty; social change; society; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - TED.com|
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; arts; design; interface design; TED Fellows Retreat 2013; 2013
|Candy Chang: Before I die I want to... - TED.com|
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; arts; cities; community; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel - TED.com|
The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; computers; design; interface design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space - TED.com|
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; exploration; history; science; space; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning - TED.com|
Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TedTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; business; government; TED Fellows Retreat 2013; 2013
|Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit - TED.com|
Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you'll ever see ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; arts; death; design; green; invention; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization - TED.com|
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; culture; open-source; technology; 2011
|Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine - TED.com|
When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; activism; live music; medicine; music; performance; violin; TEDMED 2012; 2012
|Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero - TED.com|
Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 -- followed by a jawdropping solo from the master of percussive guitar, Preston Reed. And watch these two guitarists take on a very spur-of-the-moment improv.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; entertainment; live music; music; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community - TED.com|
When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa. In this charming talk, Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Fellows; architecture; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Janet Iwasa: How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis - TED.com|
3D animation can bring scientific hypotheses to life. Molecular biologist (and TED Fellow) Janet Iwasa introduces a new open-source animation software designed just for scientists.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; biology; science; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor) - TED.com|
Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations -- a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen -- that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; art; creativity; humor; technology; 2011
|Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention - TED.com|
In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception -- and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; art; creativity; interface design; TED+Fellows+Retreat+2013; 2013
|Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a tiny forest anywhere - TED.com|
A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; engineering; garden; nature; open-source; trees; TED2014; 2014
|Uldus Bakhtiozina: Wry photos that turn stereotypes upside down - TED.com|
Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina uses photographs to poke fun at societal norms in her native Russia. A glimpse into Russian youth culture and a short, fun reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; art; humor; photography; TED2014; 2014